81-year-old creates new app

by Mrphix on March 3, 2017 , Comments Off on 81-year-old creates new app

We all know the saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. Well, 81 year old Masako Wakamiya is proving that is not the case. Wakamiya just recently created her own iPhone app. According to CNN, Masako Wakamiya felt making this app was necessary after noticing a shortage of “fun” apps for people in her age group.

She stated to CNN, “We easily lose games when playing against young people, since our finger movements can’t match their speed”. Wakamiya, a retired banker reached out to others to create games for the elderly, with no success. Therefore, she decided to do something about it herself.

However, Wakamiya has not always been a technology guru. She first learned how to use computers at age sixty and remembers that they were not as “user friendly” then as they are now. Once she got everything set up, she was ready to go. She joined a “silver club” reported CNN, which focuses on how to use the internet and connect seniors online.

Her new iOS game is based on Hinamatsuri or Doll’s Day, which is a traditional festival in Japan that is celebrated in March. The game displays ornamental dolls that need to be decorated and organized for the festival.

Wakamiya now gives computer lessons and blogs regularly. She also was able to write her own PC textbooks due to the available material being “too boring”, reported CNN. Hinadan was her first app but most likely will not be her last. She stated to CNN, “I have lots of ideas and want to create new apps, but my programming skills are poor. I need more time to develop them”.

To read the original CNN article, check out the link below.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/03/02/technology/81-year-old-woman-publishes-iphone-app-japan/index.html

 

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MyStarbucks Barista

by Mrphix on February 1, 2017 , Comments Off on MyStarbucks Barista

Starbucks is revamping how customers can use their app. A new feature called MyStarbucks Barista allows customers to place their orders by simply saying “I want a latte”. Not only can you order your morning cup of Joe this way but you can also pay for it as well, grab your cup and keep rolling with your day.

This new feature offered on the Starbucks app was announced on Monday, according to CNN. For now, MyStarbucks Barista is only available to 1,000 people across the globe when it comes out this summer for iOS devices. However, don’t worry Android users, a version of MyStarbucks Barista will be heading your way after the release of the iOS version, CNN reported.

However, Starbucks isn’t stopping there. They are also rolling out a new voice-ordering tool for Amazon’s Alexa. In order to get your caffeine fill all you have to do is say “Alexa, order my Starbucks” and it will place your order for you via the Starbucks app.

The hope of this new feature is to reduce the number of people waiting in line to pick up their coffee, which the app was original making a bigger problem, which of course discourages people from using it. However, the company hopes more people will be interested in the app with the introduction of the MyStarbucks Barista feature.

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The rise of the “S8”

by Mrphix on January 21, 2017 , Comments Off on The rise of the “S8”

Everyone has been all abuzz about Samsung’s latest smartphone, the S8 even though the latest Note 7 issue has many apprehensive to trust Samsung again. However, according to Forbes, this new cell phone is going to be to die for.

So far it appears that Samsung is doing away with the home button feature as Apple has done in similar nature with the iPhone 7. The only difference is that Apple actually has a home button but it does not “click” like your typical home button does. Samsung however, seems to be doing away with the whole idea all together.

Also, the top and bottom boarders are drastically thinner than that of typical Samsung smartphones. This allows for obviously, much more screen space than before, reported Business Insider.

With all this talk about the latest and greatest Samsung device, it’s no doubt that people are getting excited about what’s to come. However, these designs and features are all based on rumors and supposed leaks from a source. So, in short, this might be the tip of the iceberg. No one will truly know what Samsung has in store for us this year until February, when Samsung officially announces the new phone.

After the Note 7, Samsung really needs to hit a home run with this new smartphone. People, reasonably so, were quite upset when they had to return their brand new Note 7, or it caught on fire. Hopefully, this time around, Samsung will make a smartphone for the books instead of for the trash can.

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Nintendo makes a big “Switch”

by Mrphix on January 14, 2017 , Comments Off on Nintendo makes a big “Switch”

Nintendo is attempting to make a huge turn around after having their stock drop about 5.75%. What is the key to bring Nintendo back to life?  A new game console called the Nintendo Switch.

The Switch, Nintendo’s latest and greatest game console is considered to be a hybrid console. According to Business Insider a “hybrid” console means that you can play in on a television or take it with you out and about, what ever suits your needs.

Nintendo fans, of course, are curious about what this new console has to offer. One feature that the Switch will bringing to the table. Here is basically, how the system works…

The Switch can be used as either a remote control and console or it can be used as a hand held tablet for gaming. The system costs about $299, before taxes, reported Business Insider, but also comes in two different bundles. One bundle features a blue and red Joy-Con, which is one of the main parts of the system. You may also purchase a bundle with traditional gray Joy-Con.

The system comes with a “Joy-Con Grip” and also a Nintendo Switch Dock. What makes this gaming system different is its ability to adapt to your needs. The Nintendo Switch Joy-Con bits can detach themselves from the “Joy-Con Grip” and connect to the Switch tablet, for on the go game play.

Nintendo-Switch-Tablet

The “Joy-Con Grip” is used for more traditional game play but can also be transformed into a more mobile gaming system, providing the best of both worlds to those who love one or the other.

Another benefit to the Nintendo Switch? The parts inside each package or bundle can be purchased separately. For example, if you need another Joy-Con you can absolutely buy it, according to Business Insider. For further information on individual purchasing, check out Nintendo’s website, as they break it all down for their consumers.

Many are excited that Nintendo is returning to a more traditional gaming style, especially after the Wii and Wii U. The “Joy-Con Grip” is designed very similarly to that of other gaming systems with two analog sticks and the traditional four buttons on each side, Business Insider explained. The controller also features shoulder buttons and triggers, much like other “traditional” gaming consoles.

However, if you are not a fan of the Switch set up, you can purchase a controller much like that of other game consoles. The controller looks incredibly similar to Nintendo’s GameCube. The bad news is that this controller does not come with the system, it is sold separately for about $70 dollars.

Nintendo presented the device to the public a few days ago and made sure to demonstrate how the system can last up to 6 ½ hours when removed from the dock. For now, Nintendo is releasing only red and blue Joy-Cons outside of the typical gray color.

Nintendo-Switch-Joycon

However, one feature I think is going to really impress frequent gamers is the “share” feature that the Switch offers. This button allows the user to capture screenshots of game play and also record video that can be shared with others, which tend to be a pretty popular activity. You can share your photos and videos directly from the Switch to social media. Business Insider reported, that it is uncertain if the console can also stream games live like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Some of the games you can expect to see available for the Switch include a new Mario Kart game, “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim”, FIFA soccer, “Super Mario Odyssey”, “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” and “Sonic Mania”, reported Forbes.

Make sure you stay tuned for this console that is set to be released on March 3th, 2017. So, far I have found that a lot of people are pretty excited about and hopefully, Nintendo won’t disappoint.

For further reading…

http://www.businessinsider.com/what-is-the-nintendo-switch-details-features-price-release-date-2017-1/#we-saved-the-best-for-last-here-are-all-the-technical-specs-youre-thirsting-for-17

http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2017/01/13/here-are-all-the-nintendo-switch-video-game-trailers/#7fd346b14ebc

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Apple’s “Touch Disease”

by Mrphix on January 13, 2017 , Comments Off on Apple’s “Touch Disease”

Many people have been coming in over the past few months complaining about their iPhone 6 Plus touching things without being told to or not touch things at all. This is not an uncommon problem for the iPhone 6 Plus, as Apple has released the “Multi Touch” Repair Program or otherwise known as, “Touch Disease”.

“Touch Disease” or “Multi Touch” refers to issues that iPhone 6 Plus devices tend to display after a drop or stress to the device. Basically what happens is the phone will begin touching or not touching things without you telling it to do so. Thanks to iFixit, a repair website found that this issue is due to faulty chips inside the iPhones, reported CNN.

After Apple recognized this as an issue they began advertising that they would be willing to repair the affected devices for $149, only if your screen is not cracked and the phone is working properly, CNN stated. However, Apple has only agreed to take care of this issue involving the iPhone 6 Plus, not the iPhone 6, even though users have reported problems.

CNN also reported that Apple will be reimbursing people that have already fixed their device through Apple for more than $149. The “Touch Disease” issue has been occurring in both sizes of the iPhone 6, leading to about 22% of repairs in Apple’s stores.

This “Touch Disease” issue has not been a small issue for Apple, as they are facing class action lawsuits in California, Canada and Utah, CNN reported. This obviously is not creating good publicity for Apple even though a lot of buzz has been floating around about the ten year anniversary of the iPhone.

Hopefully, Apple will make a good come back with the next generation of the iPhone. However, those currently struggling with their iPhone 6 Plus will probably not be so forgiving.

For further reading…

http://money.cnn.com/2016/11/18/technology/apple-repair-touch-disease-problem/

https://www.apple.com/support/iphone6plus-multitouch/

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Nokia is making a Comeback

by Mrphix on January 11, 2017 , Comments Off on Nokia is making a Comeback

Does anyone remember the days before the iPhone? Does anyone remember what it was like without smartphones? It seems like forever ago that we all owned flip phones or thought that any cell phone with a keyboard was the coolest thing. Now, most people own smartphones and are waiting every year to see what new gadget they can get their hands on.

Well, Nokia is providing a blast from the past. Nokia is trying to make a come back after falling down the ranks with the release of the iPhone in 2007. In order to compete with the big phone companies of the time, Nokia is releasing a new smartphone in China, potentially one of the biggest and most competitive markets for these devices, wrote CNN.

According to CNN, Nokia’s first smartphone for Android was unveiled at the CES tech show in Las Vegas over the weekend. This new phone is called the Nokia 6 and will be sold in China only.

Nokia once was one of the top phone companies in the world. In the 1990s it seemed like everyone was walking around with a Nokia phone. Ever since the rise of the iPhone, Nokia has struggled to compete with the continued innovation and changes made in the phone industry.

By releasing this new phone, Nokia is desperately trying to get back into the cell phone game. Nokia is attempting to do this by licensing out the use of the brand to another Finnish company named HMD Global, reported CNN.

This could be potentially a very bold move on Nokia’s part, given the specific market they are choosing to enter. Apple and Samsung are known world wide for dominating the cell phone world making it challenging for another company to break into the scene.

Nokia has one important advantage though compared to certain companies. Nokia has a history with phones and was once incredibly popular. This history makes them recognizable and many people claim to recognize Nokia right away. The question is, will this enough for Nokia to sell phones?

Time will only tell us if this new smartphone will be a success. Hopefully, if this phone is successful in China, Nokia can then explore other markets and opportunities. It’s one thing to have a great product, but another all together to get people to purchase it. Nokia will have quite a fight on their hands this year because we all know Apple and Samsung will not give up customers with ease.

For further reading, check out this article

http://money.cnn.com/2017/01/09/technology/nokia-china-smartphone/index.html

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Thinking Apple TV

by Mrphix on January 6, 2017 , Comments Off on Thinking Apple TV

When you ask me about cable I honestly cannot tell you much about it other than it can get pretty expensive to have all the channels you and your family like to watch. Personally, I don’t rely on cable for my entertainment but Netflix instead.

I like it because of how easy it is to find shows or movies you like at a much cheaper cost than the normal cable provider. I can pick what I want to watch and I can also watch more than one a day if I want to. Nothing is worse than getting really into a show and having to wait a whole week before the next episode. With Netflix, you can see what happens next anytime you want to.

Outside of Netflix and other entertainment applications like Hulu are other versions of what we know as cable television. Apple TV is one of the newer features being offered. However, it works a lot differently than your everyday cable.

If you head to www.apple.com/apple-tv/ you’ll find a sleek and interesting new way to engage in the world of entertainment. Apple TV offers you all of the channels you enjoy in a more customizable way.  You can still watch live sports and the news channels you like, without having to buy the channels you won’t watch.

In order to use this service, you must first buy the “box” and remote that Apple TV requires. What’s nice about these? They’re simple and small. So, instead of having a bulky remote with a bunch of buttons you have no idea what they do, you have a simple, easy t o use remote with endless possibilities. The  “box” itself is also compact, making it look less tacky and in your face than your everyday cable box. Here is a picture of what it looks like.

 

 

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What really makes Apple TV stand out though is t he way it brings TV into your living room. You have the power to choose, and by choose I mean you can pick exactly what you watch. The whole system relies on apps to function. You can download apps like Hulu, HBO Now, ESPN and even iTunes to watch what you are looking for, without having to pay for those pesky cable packages. According to Apple’s website, you have over 1600 choices in video apps.

You also are able to watch all of the TV shows and movies you have purchased on iTunes. Siri also works for Apple TV and you can tell her specifically what you’d like. She’ll make it happen. You can tell Siri, “I want to watch The Blacklist” and just like that Siri will bring you right there. Not only can she do that, but she can bring up the music you’d like to listen to as well.

The cost of the box and remote are a one time expense starting at $149 according to Apple’s website. The applications can vary in price. Some have a nominal monthly fee for the ability to access the certain channel you are interested in. For example, according to Apple the Hulu app requires a monthly fee.

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Locking your Notes

by Mrphix on January 5, 2017 , Comments Off on Locking your Notes

Apple makes some of the most popular devices out there, but so few people know exactly how much you can do with them. For example, iPads and iPhones allow you to password protect your notes, so that only you (or those with the correct password) may access them.

Here is exactly how you do it…

Step 1. Open the “Settings” on your device.

Step 2. Scroll down and select “Notes“.

iphone-settings

Step 3. Tap on the “Password” option.

iphone-notes-settings

Step 4. Enter your New Password into the top password field, then type it again in the “Verify” field. Finally, type in a hint so you are sure to remember the password. Then, if you have a device that supports Touch ID you can select whether or not you would like to be able to lock and unlock your notes with your fingerprint “Touch ID”. By default, this option is turned on, to turn it off, simply slide the slider to the left. When you are finished press “Done” at the top to complete the setup.

iphone-notes-password

This is an important feature if you have sensitive or personal information stored in your notes. This can make it a lot more challenging for someone to access them without your permission. By adding a password to your notes you are adding an extra layer of privacy and protection to your device.

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Yay or Nay to the New Macbook?

by Mrphix on January 4, 2017 , Comments Off on Yay or Nay to the New Macbook?

It’s no secret that Apple produces some of the most popular laptops in the world, along with other devices such as the iPhone and iPad. However, it is practically unheard of for someone to not be in favor of one of Apple’s new products, but trust me it does happen.

According to CNN, Consumer Reports stated that they would not recommend Apple’s brand new MacBook Pro. Why you ask? Consumer Reports stated their reasoning was lack of battery life in the devices. Which, isn’t all that much of a surprise, this tends to be a common issue people have with Apple’s MacBooks.

Consumers have been complaining about this issue long before now. Forbes reported that overall it appeared consumers were not very impressed with this new MacBook model. Forbes stated in their article, “What Consumer Report’s intervention will do is set consumer perceptions of Apple in 2016 as a company that has problems with batteries. It carries far more weight than a thread in the Apple support forums or comments on Reddit”.

However, the new MacBooks do offer some new, interesting features. Apple’s website states that this new device has up to 67% brighter display than MacBooks prior. It also claims that the device is 17% thinner and has up to 130% faster graphics.

It comes in a 13 inch model and also a 15 inch model. Along side those features, is probably one of the coolest features introduced in this model, the Touch Bar and Touch ID. Instead of have function keys at the top of your keyboard, you now have a Touch Bar to replace them. It has the ability to change automatically depending on what you are doing along with also having typing features included.

The features of the new Touch Bar are actually very cool, but I have the tendency to question the Touch Bar’s actual functionality. A review of the device by Wired states, “After using it, poking and prodding it, and plugging things into it, I have one word of advice. Wait”.  David Pierce, the author of Wired’s review explained that the new Touch Bar did not strike him as “revolutionary”.

The review raves about the Touch Bar’s quick, responsive function and the usefulness of the Touch ID feature to log in or make purchases, but Wired states that the feature seems “unfinished”. The reasoning is that the Touch Bar is there to make your everyday, repetitive tasks easier, such as brightening the screen or pausing music. However, the Touch Bar has all of those functions crammed into one, small place. The Touch Bar has a tiny left arrow that has to be tapped in order to do anything other than mute, change the volume or brighten the screen. This is not rubbing people the right way because before this feature, all you had to do was click a button.

Now, I understand that these issues are pretty minor, especially when you are looking at a fancy new MacBook, full of new features. But, the cons to the device might cause issues for some other people. Pierce states in his review his dislike for the MacBook’s new ports, while others might not mind them.

Overall, it sounds like this new MacBook is not as great as it looks. Of course, it is still a good machine but from what I have found, it probably will continue to get better as time passes. MacBooks have been great to some and not so nice to others. I personally have one that has given me a lot of trouble, but my mother had one that lasted her for eight years. Personally, I would wait before jumping to the new latest and greatest computer.

If you are interested in purchasing this device, or any device for that matter, do your homework first. Read reviews, learn about all of the features and of course, weigh the pros and the cons before making a choice. There are a lot of great computers out there but it truly does depend on what you are using it for. I can’t tell you how many times people have told me they love Apple products and another person tells me they will never buy something made by Apple. It really does come down to a matter of opinion and personal preference.

If you are interested in reading further about this topic, here are the sources I used.

https://www.wired.com/2016/11/review-apple-macbook-pro-touch-bar/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ewanspence/2016/12/23/apple-macbook-pro-major-battery-problem/#7b9a2f3a6813

http://money.cnn.com/2016/12/23/technology/consumer-reports-macbook-pro/index.html

http://www.apple.com/macbook-pro/

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Just to say Thank You

by Mrphix on January 4, 2017 , Comments Off on Just to say Thank You

On behalf of everyone here at Mr.Phix, we would like to thank those that have supported us as we have grown over this past year and beyond. We understand that our business would not be as successful as it is today without your support and feedback.

It’s a new year and Mr.Phix has made its own New Year’s resolution; show our appreciation to those that have helped us make this dream a reality. Mr.Phix, is excited to announce that we will be offering monthly contests and sweepstakes to our customers as a way to say thank you for standing by Mr.Phix over the years.

Mr.Phix may be a company that is in business for profit but we care about the people that come into our shop. We know that you can go many different places to have your phone or computer repaired, but you choose to visit us instead. We love seeing the positive feedback from all of you and watching you leave stores happy. We truly appreciate the support and we really want to give back to you.

In order to do this, we have decided to offer these contests. A way for us to give back to you, the people that allow this company to open its doors everyday.

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Amazon Echo or Murder Investigator?

by Mrphix on December 30, 2016 , Comments Off on Amazon Echo or Murder Investigator?

You better watch out what you say to your devices, they might be able to put you behind bars. In Arkansas, a man by the name of James Bates, might be facing time in prison if his Amazon Echo holds information in regards to why a man was found dead in his hot tub.

Crazy to think that a device could potentially hold evidence to a high stakes murder case. However, Amazon is not handing over the information with ease. This brings us back to the continued argument over American privacy and needed information for investigations.

The Amazon Echo is a smart speaker that is activated by the sound of her name, Alexa. The Echo has the ability to play music, read you the news and connect to other devices that you own. However, she is always listening for her name, so she can properly respond to your request.

Amazon has those recordings stored away and prosecutors believe that Bates’ Echo may hold key evidence in regards to the murder investigation. However, many are stating that this is violation of Bates’ privacy, thus Amazon is withholding the recordings until further legal action is taken.

This isn’t the first time that devices have been used against their owners. The 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, California revolved around Apple when the FBI was seeking information from the shooter’s cell phone. Another case in Georgia, required prosecutors seek information from texts, Reddit posts and Google searches, reported CNN.

This brings to question if anything is really private anymore? We use all kinds of devices that carry important personal information. According to CNN’s article, many claim that devices such as the Echo, Google Home or Siri should have different rules and regulations when it comes to personal privacy. However, other sources claim that requesting a device to do something is no different than typing something into your web browser.

The prosecutor involved with the case has attempted to obtain the information from the Echo two separate times but has been declined for both requests. While those involved with the case are still pressing the subject, Amazon claims it will not budge until further notice.

All the way around this raises eyebrows in regards to customer privacy and what can be collected by the devices we use. CNN even reported that The Electronic Privacy Information has voiced concerns about “always on” devices. As time goes on, we will have to seek solutions to these changes in technology. What is a violation of privacy and what is not?

For further reading, here is my source…

http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/28/tech/amazon-echo-alexa-bentonville-arkansas-murder-case-trnd/index.html

 

 

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Technology of the Future

by Mrphix on December 29, 2016 , Comments Off on Technology of the Future

Technology has absolutely come a long way. We have moved from one thing to the next so quickly, it seems like every time you turn around something new is coming out. The first cell phone was released back in April of 1973 by Martin Cooper, a researcher for Motorola. However, since then computers, phones and devices of all kinds have completely changed in what they are able to do.

Forbes released an article yesterday talking about just that, how advanced technology has become. However, instead of predicting what would be a hit in ten or twenty years, they discussed what is potentially heading our way in five years. Here are some of the things Forbes feels you should look for in the coming years.

One thing Forbes talks about is driverless cars. Lately that has been all over the news. For example, Uber is paving the way in this latest transportation technology. According to an article on USA Today, this company has moved it’s testing for driverless cars to Arizona, due to restrictions in California. Along with Uber, Honda and Alphabet are looking to potentially partner in the experimentation and modeling of self-driving cars, reported The Wall Street Journal. Self-driving cars, much like electric vehicles, will change how we travel and maintain the health of our cars.

Forbes’ article also mentions the take off virtual reality in the coming years. We have already started to see this become increasingly popular with the release of VR headsets, made by various companies such as Samsung, Sony and Google, just to name a few. Virtual reality has a lot of potential to be used by business, sports and many industries to make more money in a new and innovative fashion. In short, this new technology has the ability to completely change everything we know today. We might not shop, play, or work in the way we did before.

Automation, is also mentioned in Forbes’ article. Similar to self-driving cars, the continued advancement of automation can change how we interact and work in the future. Many suspect that as automation changes and develops further that it will be more equip to handle more challenging tasks that are less repetitive, such as operating a moving car.

Another technology that Forbes’ raves about is the Internet of Things, also known as IoT. For those that don’t know, The Internet of Things is basically a system of connected computing devices that have the ability to transfer data over a network without human to human or human to computer intercommunication. An example of this would be Amazon’s Alexa or Google Home, which allows you to connect to other devices in your home. You can ask them to do something simple such as turning on a light or something more specific like putting YouTube on your TV. Alexa is actually a device we use in our shop and she is able to stream music or search things for you, all by voice technology. There is no telling what else you will be able to do with that technology by 2022.

I have no doubts that technology will only continue to change and evolve as time goes on. Before we know it nothing will be done the way it is done today. If you are interested in reading further about these advancements or the news regarding anything mentioned in this post, I have linked the sources I used below.

Sources: 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacobmorgan/2014/05/13/simple-explanation-internet-things-that-anyone-can-understand/#3bb15d256828

http://www.wsj.com/articles/honda-and-alphabet-talk-driverless-car-partnership-1482360369

http://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2016/12/27/upcoming-technology-10-trends-to-watch-in-the-next-five-years/#11ef0d252291

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/12/22/uber-moves-self-driving-cars-pilot-to-arizona/95763516/

 

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Travel Apps for You

by Mrphix on December 28, 2016 , Comments Off on Travel Apps for You

Business Insider is one of the sources I use for all things technology based. I stumbled across one article that I thought was particularly interesting about some the best apps out there for your travel needs. Here are some of the ones I thought were the most useful.

1.     Airbnb

Airbnb is a very cool app in the sense that it can save you a lot of money for housing while you travel. How it works is you find a house, apartment or room for rent but the difference is that they are posted by everyday people like you and me, not big companies or hotels. It could be a whole house or maybe just a room, but the users post whatever they have available such as an empty room and offer them out to travelers, rather than having to stay in a hotel. You can find locations all over at varying costs per night.

The majority of the Airbnb rates are set by those that offer the accommodations and normally, depending on the location, the rates are cheaper or comparable to that of hotel rates. It also, in my opinion, feels a little more “homie” than that of your typical hotel room.

2.     BringFido

BringFido is an app for all of those out there who love their four legged friend. What this app does is it helps you find all the best places for your dog such as pet friendly hotels, beaches or restaurants. It basically makes it so you almost never have to be away from your furry pal. It also provides you with information as to where you can find pet supply shops and veterinarian services while you are on the go.

I have never personally used this app, but it sounds incredibly cool. I am absolutely going to look into this for my dog.

3. Flush Toilet Finder

It might sound funny but it is a pretty useful app. We have all been in that “we aren’t sure we’ll make it” situation and this helps rid you of that, no matter where you go. This app will tell you no matter where you are or how far you go, a restroom is within reach. It has a database of up to 100,000 bathrooms across the globe. This app is free for both Android and iOS users. You also are able to filter bathrooms near you based on if they have a fee for usage, a key or have disabled access.

This app is super useful, especially for the moms out there. We have all been in that situation when they didn’t need to go but five minutes later is a different story. This will help out in those situations for sure. Not to mention, it can be challenging to find a restroom when you aren’t familiar with the area. But, this now a problem of the past thanks to this nifty app.


4.  Cities Talking

This is another one of those apps that could save you money and make your travel experience unforgettable. What this app does is it has guided tours of all of the world’s most popular cities to visit. These tours are walking tours that provide voice overs by various artists. For example, Business Insider reported that the London tour has a voice over by Christopher Biggins. You have the ability to rewind, pause or fast forward the tour if you’d like as well. One of the best features is that you can skip over certain parts if you would like to bypass that tourist attraction. You can also take notes as you go if you learn something interesting or want to remember something about that attraction.

I think that this app would save you a lot of money on a trip for sight seeing. Obviously, you can always pay for a guided tour, but with this you can see the sights at your own pace rather than travel with a tour group. It uses GPS technology to run the guide when you reach the next place on the tour. However, wifi and data are not required so you can venture on your own as well. Cities Talking is also a free app for Android and iOS devices.


5. Foodspotting

For all of you foodies out there, this app is more than just reading a menu. It’s basically a visual guide to food in various restaurants all over the world. Launched in 2010, Foodspotting lets you read reviews and see recommended dishes for restaurants all over the globe. It also allows you to search based on the food you have in mind, such as pizza or sushi. You can also search for what is good to eat at certain restaurants, making it easier to chose what your want to eat or maybe what you don’t want.

This app could potentially be useful if you are in an area you have never been to and you are looking for a place to eat. It’s never fun blindly guessing what’s good to eat in different places, especially if you are kind of picky like I am. It also might help if you have a food allergy. Users could include information about foods offered for those with food allergies, making it easier to find places to eat in some situations.

No matter where you go or how far you go these apps can make traveling more about the experience and less about the stress that sometimes can come along with it. The original Business Insider article included several other apps that are good for travelers. If you are interested in check it out, here is the link to the article: http://www.businessinsider.com/best-travel-apps-2016-12/#accuweather-1.

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